Not for lack of Duterte’s desire that Trillanes is alive

Honeylet Avanceña fixes the President’s barong before deplaning in Cambodia. May 2017. Looking on is their daughter, Veronica. Malacañang photo.

Cielito “Honeylet” Salvador Avanceña has weighed in on the more serious issues of her partner’s presidency.
And we are stunned by her logic.

In her talk with the members of the Philippine National Police Monday, Avanceña commented on the allegations that Duterte is a killer, a reputation that the President has cultivated by his boasts of having killed some persons.

Avanceña said, “You’ve seen it, Trillanes has been hitting us since a week before election. Eh bakit buhay pa siya? ‘Di ba? Wala naman nangyayari eh.”

Her remark comes after Trillanes commented on the challenge of Duterte for Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno to resign with him in the midst of the Ombudsman’s investigation of Duterte for graft and plunder in connection with the complaint filed by the senator last year before the former Davao mayor became president.

Trillanes asked why would Duterte drag Sereno and Carpio-Morales. ““Eh siya yung magnanakaw eh, siya ‘yung pumapatay ng tao. Ikaw mag-resign. Ikaw yung hindi nakatupad ng pangako mo na magre-resign ka kapag hindi mo maayos crime, corruption and illegal drugs in 3 to 6 months eh. Mahigit isang taon na eh nandiyan ka pa rin,” he said.

This is the first time that Avanceña has ventured into serious issues and her reasoning is not really surprising.

It should be recalled that in the election campaign video where Duterte regaled the crowd about the rape of the Australian missionary and he commented that he should have been given the chance to be the first in the line of the abusers, Honeylet was seen laughing with the crowd.

Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV during a Senate hearing.


We don’t know how much Avanceña knows about the President’s activities because Trillanes said he was informed by a PNP official that sometime in June 2016, in front of officials from the Department of Justice and Philippine National Police, Duterte followed up on what apparently was an earlier order: what have they gathered about Trillanes that they can use against the senator?

When the answer was “None”, an annoyed Duterte remarked, “Wala talaga? Itumba na lang yan.”

There was also the information given by P03 Arturo Lascañas, a former member of the Davao Death Squad that he was given an assignment by Sonny Buenaventura, former driver/bodyguard of Duterte to kill Trillanes.

Lascañas said he declined because he said that would require a major operation.

Later on, Lascañas turned around and sought the help of Trillanes. He made a second testimony before the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs in the Senate headed by Sen. Panfilo Lacson of his having carried out assassinations on orders of Duterte. The committee dismissed it as “weak” and “has no probative value.”

So, Ms Honeylet, it’s not for lack of the President’s desire to eliminate Trillanes that the senator is alive. In life, there are many factors that conspire to make things happen. It’s not just what your partner wants.

October 4, 2017 12:27 am  Tags: ,   Posted in: Graft and corruption

7 Responses

  1. manuelbuencamino - October 5, 2017 2:32 pm

    OFF TOPIC. Congratulations on your testimony at the Senate hearing on fake news. You were straightforward and factual. Sen. Poe should have pursued your testimony but instead she immediately moved on to other matters that she was more comfortable with, matters that didn’t really address the “sensitive” issues you raised. Keep up the excellent work that you and Verafiles are doing. Mabuhay ka!

  2. Ellen - October 5, 2017 9:23 pm

    Thanks, MB. Yes, Sen. Poe was a disappointment. She didn’t want to touch Duterte, the number one source of fake news.

    Lalo pa si Sotto, who said it’s okay if we report accurately the lies fed to us. Ha????

    Journalist report only the truth. We have no business spreading lies.

  3. Ellen - October 5, 2017 9:24 pm

    Pero epic talaga ang kayabangan nung si Nieto.

  4. manuelbuencamino - October 5, 2017 11:27 pm

    Ano kaya ang relation niyan si Nieto dun sa dating Amba to Spain na si Manuel Nieto na ka-partner ni Marcos sa Philcomsat at sa Bukidnon Sugar Co (Busco)? Alam ko hindi siya anak kc may edad na ang mga anak ni amba at kilala ko silang lahat….pero pwedeng apo…sa labas…curious ako kasi hawig siya dun sa isang anak ni Amba Nieto

  5. manuelbuencamino - October 5, 2017 11:30 pm

    Korek ka Ellen. Ang pagsisinungaling ay mali kesyo blogger o journalist ka. Ang katotohanan ang bottom line. Period.

  6. roc - October 6, 2017 2:35 pm

    ala namang nangyari, ingon ni honeylet. maybe, honeylet ought to have a go at trillanes, who knows? she might just be successful. if she wants things done, she might as well do it herself.

  7. roc - October 6, 2017 2:54 pm

    anyway, looking at digong’s picture, now I understand why he doesnt want his picture displayed in govt buildings, schools at iba pa. dapat kuno pictures of heros lamang ang nakadisplay. kung ako lang, looking at his face in the picture would give me nightmare! por bida, where have all his beauty gone?

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